Montpelier- This April, PoemCity 2018 will present the Northern New England Poet Laureates.

PoemCity Montpelier, a National Poetry Month festival now in its ninth year, will open with a Keynote reading by award-winning poets. Join us at the Lost Nation Theater, 39 Main St., at 7pm on Saturday April 7th, for a reading by Northern New England Poet Laureates: Chard deNiord, Alice B. Fogel and Stuart Kestenbaum.


Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord is the Vermont poet laureate. DeNiord’s poetry collections include Interstate (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015); Speaking in Turn, a collaboration with Tony Sanders (Gnomon Press, 2011); The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005); and Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). DeNiord also authored Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs: Reflections and Conversations with Twentieth Century American Poets (Marick Press, 2012) a book of essays and interviews with renowned poets. The poets featured in the collection include Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, and Maxine Kumin.

In 2002, deNiord cofounded the New England College MFA program in poetry, which he directed until 2007.  DeNiord is currently a professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont, with his wife, Liz.


Alice B Fogel

Alice B Fogel is the New Hampshire poet laureate. Her latest book is A Doubtful House (2017).  Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (2015) won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the 2016 NH Literary Award in Poetry, and her third book, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller. She is also the author of Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting” it. Nominated for Best of the Web & nine times for the Pushcart, Alice has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Spillway, Hotel Amerika, The Inflectionist, and DIAGRAM. She works one-on-one with students with learning differences at Landmark College, in Putney, VT, and hikes mountains whenever possible.


Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum is the Maine poet laureate.  He is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions), and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions) and a collection of essays The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).  He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines, including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.  He was appointed poet laureate of Maine in 2016.  Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for 27 years, where he established innovative programs combining craft and writing and craft and new technologies. He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance.

There will be a reception held after the reading, with offered refreshments, and plenty of time to mingle with deNiord, Fogel and Kestenbaum. This program is co-sponsored by the Lost Nation Theater and PoemCity.

Complete PoemCity information, together with updates about featured poets, can be found at or questions can be directed to the library at (802) 223-3338.

KHL logo 2013PoemCity, a presentation of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, is a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month that features a walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry, workshops, presentations and readings during the month of April.

PoemCity is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Poetry Society of Vermont.

For 124 years the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been the focal point for the cultural, educational, and intellectual life in central Vermont. It serves as a resource to encourage lifelong learning, acts as a catalyst for the free exchange of ideas, and promotes literacy among all people. The library has been at the heart of our communities: preserving yesterday, informing today, and inspiring tomorrow.


Poem-A-Day Recording Sessions, Poem City 2018

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Rick Agran, host of Bon Mot

Bon Mot, WGDR – FM’s weekly poetry program at Goddard College Community Radio will feature 31 poems from Vermont authors during April’s National Poetry month. Come record your Poem City poem in your own voice. On Fri, March 16. Help fill the Spring air with images and dreams, rhymes and rhythms. Participants will receive a digital recording of their poem and a chance to be included in WGDR’s broadcast day. With simple digital recording equipment, Rick Agran will captured your poem for posterity. Folks are invited to come read or listen quietly. Young voices welcomed and encouraged.


12 noon – 2 pm| Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier

PoemCity 2018 Workshops

Introduction to Poetry Slams for Kids with Geof Hewitt:

Ever wonder what a Poetry Slam is? Join Vermont’s reigning slam master, Geof Hewitt, to learn about slams and write your own slam poem! It all happens on Thurs, April 12No limit for participants.

3:30 to 5 pm |Center for Art and Learning , 46 Barre Street

Introduction to Poetry Slams for Kids with Nicole Westbom:

Ever wonder what a Poetry Slam is?

Come join KHL Librarian Nicole Westbom, on SatApril 14, to learn about slams and write your own slam poem! Drop in for the workshop anytime between 2 and 4 pm. No limit for participants.

2 to 4 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

*Then sign up for the Poetry Slam at the Center for Arts and Learning  that will take place on Sat, April 21 at 3:30 pm. 

Reinventing a Poem with Kerrin McCadden:

On Mon, April 16, bring a draft of a poem you can’t figure out what to do with, and we will work through some revision strategies. We will share our poems and complain about them, and then we will make the biggest moves we can against their failures. I’ll bring the strategies, you bring a good-humored willingness to do more than tinker. Limited to 12 participants.

6 to 8 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Poetry of Witness with George Longenecker :

Will take place on Fri April 20 Workshop. How do poets write about historical and political events without sounding preachy and prosy?  We’ll read examples of great poetry, and then create our own. Limited to 12 participants.

2-5 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Poetry Play Time with Rosa Castellano:

Join us on Fri, April 20 for Poetry Play Time. Though reading, writing, drawing and crafting we’ll play with some kid-friendly poems. Please bring any favorite poems to share over a snack. What a simple and enjoyable way to expose your children to the experience and mechanics of poetry! Ideal for children 7-11 years old. Limited to 16 participants.

3:00 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Reading Aloud- Exploring Poetic Voices with Rick Agran:

Learn to appreciate the rhythm and musicality of poetry and spoken word on Mon, April 23. Bon Mot host and radio producer, Rick Agran, will share recorded voices of contemporary poets to explore their sonic qualities. Poets are invited to bring a poem to share that’s voice they’d like to develop further. We’ll explore breath, annunciation, and diction to accentuate a poem’s language. Limited to 12 participants.

6:30 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Renga Poetry with Susan Reid:

Renga, meaning “linked poem,” began over seven hundred years ago in Japan to encourage the collaborative composition of poems. Come take part on Tues, April 24, to create a renga, one poet writes the first stanza, which is three lines long with a total of seventeen syllables. The next poet adds the second stanza, a couplet with seven syllables per line. The third stanza repeats the structure of the first and the fourth repeats the second, alternating in this pattern until the poem’s end. Limited to 24 participants.

3-5 pm| Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Poetry As Protest  with Simone John:

Poets Samantha Kolber and Michelle Singer will lead participants in an exploration of protest poetry, on Sat, April 28. Come with a theme or idea and write a poem in protest about your most passionate issue. We will give examples of three different forms your protest poem can take, discuss them, and then write our own. Limited to 12 participants.

10 am-noon | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

To register for the workshops: 

Please contact the library at (802) 223-3338 or come on it in person to the adult circulation desk.


PoemCity Technology Survey

PoemCity is right around the corner and we would like to ask our followers to answer a few questions about the technology you use. We hope to use the information to design new ways, through technology, to extend the reach of PoemCity and ways that participants can experience National Poetry Month. Please help us by taking this quick three-question survey.

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PoemCity 2018 – Time for Your Poems!


The Kellogg Hubbard library is once again calling for poetry submissions for its ninth year of PoemCity, a city-wide event that displays poetry on local business storefronts as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. In addition to the text display, PoemCity features poetry/art installations, poetry-related workshops, and readings. Last year, the PoemCity calendar included 35 events.

“Poetry has an important place in the lives of Vermonters,” said PoemCity Director Rachel Senechal. “PoemCity collaborates with many organizations, schools, and individuals, to read, hear, write, and discuss poetry, the language of the soul. With the many poems displayed in our downtown windows, it is our goal to make poetry accessible to our community, and to inspire new readers and writers of poetry,” she said.

Vermonters of all ages and experience level are welcome to submit original poetry now through February 1, 2018. Please visit for guidelines and more information on how to submit.

Call for PoemCity2018 Program Proposals

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library invites Vermont poets, writers and artists to submit proposals for public events for PoemCity 2018, a citywide event, now in its ninth year, that displays poetry on local business storefronts throughout April as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Along with displayed poems, PoemCity will also offer poetry workshops, public readings, panel discussions, and visual poetry and art displays throughout downtown. The month-long schedule of events and programming is free and open to the public.

The Library welcomes proposals for events in April 2018.  All poetry-related topics and activities are of interest.  Poets, teachers, artists, musicians, editors and historians of poetry are encouraged to submit proposals in their fields of expertise.  Past events have included writers’ workshops, musical settings of poetry with live accompanists, presentations on the construction and marketing of chapbooks, workshops on improving recitation skills, and of course readings and Q&A sessions with Vermont poets.

Please visit for information on how to submit

Deadline is December 1, 2017

Contact Rachel Senechal at with any questions

Looking for Poetry Workshops?

PoemCity has great workshops to inspire you.  Whether you’re a new poet or a seasoned one there surely is a workshop here for you.

April 11 at 6:30 PM The Poetry of Parenthood with Michelle Singer and Samantha Kolber  Join poets Michelle and Samantha as they read original and selected poems that capture the sacred and profane aspects of parenthood, then they will lead participants in writing prompts to generate new work.    At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.

April 15 – 1:00 to 4:00 PM  A Memoir in Poetry Workshop                                                            Poet George Longenecker will lead this generative workshop featuring several poems of personal memoir as well as techniques for creating well-crafted poems. Participants will leave the workshop with the beginnings of poems. Limit: 12 participants. Registration is required by calling 802.223.3338 or emailing rysenechal (at)            At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.            

April 23 at 1:30 PM Generative Poetry Workshop                                                                              Poet Chloe Viner will guide this creative workshop. She will use several prompts to highlight different lessons and spur creativity. Viner will guide a discussion on the difference between concrete and abstract writing in poetry and examine how to create vivid and original images through metaphor.  At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.       






Poems and Their Locations


We will be displaying 391 poems this year.  Our poets sent their creative work from all corners of Vermont: Saxtons River to Lincoln to Passumpsic to Adamant. Want to know where your poem will be displayed?

Here are the poems.

Above: Moxie, a young critic examines a 2014 offering with her mother, Carrie. (courtesy of Tawnya Kristen)